Could the Kansas City Chiefs lose Mike Kafka to the Eagles this offseason?
Mike Kafka is currently the Kansas City Chiefs‘ quarterbacks coach, which is a position that he’s held since 2018. There had been some word midway through the regular season that Kafka could draw interest when it came to vacant head coaching jobs this offseason.
After the Philadelphia Eagles decided to fire Doug Pederson, Ian Rapoport tweeted that Kafka is a name to watch for the Eagles’ head coach job. Rapoport mentions that Kafka previously played quarterback for Philadelphia (just like Pederson did) and is yet another promising name in the Andy Reid coaching tree.
This would be a big loss for the Chiefs because they’d be losing both Kafka and Eric Bieniemy this offseason. The hope was that if Bieniemy leaves (more like WHEN he leaves), that Kafka would then be promoted to offensive coordinator and the cycle would continue for this team.
The Kansas City Chiefs could lose two personnel members this offseason.
As Rapoport mentioned in his tweet, Kafka going to Philadelphia makes sense. He’s spent time there previously and would give them a new look for 2021 and beyond. Kafka is only 33 years old and while that might seem young, Sean McVay of the Rams proved that head coaches don’t need to be old. The young guys bring a whole new outlook and that’s what a team wanting to hire Kafka will be looking for.
Kafka leads the odds as far as who the next Eagles head coach will be (tied with Bieniemy, oddly enough), according to Glen Macnow’s tweet below. If both Bieniemy and Kafka leave the organization this offseason, the Chiefs will have to find yet another offensive coordinator to take over. Pederson is unemployed as of now and maybe the Chiefs find a way to bring him back to Kansas City.
The Chiefs have obviously been impressed with Kafka, as he’s moved up the coaching ranks since joining the coaching staff in 2017 as an offensive quality control coach. He was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2018, which is his current position, but he also became the passing game coordinator this season as well.
Philadelphia might end up going from one former Chiefs offensive coordinator in Pederson to another Chiefs personnel member in Kafka. If Kafka pans out, the Eagles will have their next head coach for a very long time. Hopefully, they’re more patient with him than they were with Pederson, who won a Super Bowl with the organization but was fired just three years later.
What do you think, Chiefs Kingdom? Will Mike Kafka land a head coaching job this offseason?